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Last month, Joe Biden participated in a CNN town hall from the same location. President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have also campaigned in northeast Pennsylvania, a crucial part of a state they won by less than one point in 2016.
Biden, a teacher who kept her job at Northern Virginia Community College while she was second lady, also touched on education during her short speech, praising teachers for their “care and creativity” during COVID-19’s disruption of education.
Joe Biden “has a plan to end this pandemic,” including reopening schools and child care, she said, and he will prioritize “quality public education for all of our children.”
It was important to hear from an educator, said Courtenay Degnon, a teacher who attended with her daughter, 15-year-old Sydney Degnon.
“We’ve been through such a dark time in education over the past few years. Looking at an education secretary that has no experience in the classroom, she’s just so disconnected, and that’s our leader, and that’s so hard to look at and see and hear,” Courtenay Degnon said, referring to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.
Learning online, or seeing friends with half-hidden faces at school, hasn’t been ideal, but Sydney Degnon is hopeful for the future. “I really was moved by what she was saying and how powerful she sounded, and by everyone beeping their horns and getting excited. It made me excited.”
Like she did at the Democratic National Convention, Biden made a pitch for her husband as the right man to unite a politically divided country mourning losses from COVID-19.
After “unimaginable tragedy,” she said, Joe Biden “learned how to heal a broken family. It’s the same way you heal a nation: with love and understanding, with small acts of courage, with bravery and with unwavering hope.”
Pennsylvania could be the deciding state in the presidential election, a responsibility she reminded the audience of.
“One vote could be the difference between winning and losing a precinct. One precinct could win a state. And one state – this state – could decide our future for generations to come,” she said.
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Biden made a similar speech earlier Monday in Bucks County. Former President Barack Obama will campaign in Philadelphia on Wednesday.